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Get to Know Tidewater Landing!

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

The interest in Tidewater Landing has been incredible so far (seriously, we’re talking over 650 inquiries in a few short weeks), which means a lot of people are talking about our latest community in Lewes, Delaware. And who can blame them? The location can’t be beat, the amenities are amazing, and the site plan features tall, mature trees on nearly every lot. But that’s not all that’s worth bragging about. Community Sales Manager, longtime Schell employee AND Schell homeowner Josh Hay has the scoop on the latest and greatest at Tidewater Landing:

Marketing and sales talk aside, what do you think makes Tidewater Landing so unique? 

It’s truly different from all the other communities in the area.  So many communities are built on farm land and open fields that it loses character.  Tidewater Landing is basically being chiseled out of a forest and leaving 41% of the trees.  Almost every home backs to the woods and it gives the neighborhood a private and peaceful feel when driving through it.  All you hear are the birds and wind through the trees.  In addition, we’ll have access to Love Creek where you’ll be able to kayak, canoe, paddle board, and fish.  All this and it’s just 6 miles to downtown Lewes.  It’s just a great location and setting.

How excited are you to be partnering with Carl M. Freeman on another community?

It’s a huge pleasure to work with Carl M. Freeman on this community.  They are known for designing beautiful communities with lots of curb appeal and character.  Freeman is one of those companies that always focuses on their developments as if they were living there and spare no expense to make sure their communities are the best.  We’ve been fortunate to work with them on other communities and we couldn’t be happier to be teaming up with them again with Tidewater Landing.  

This community is designed with some pretty incredible amenities and activities on site, which ones are you looking forward to the most?

The nature trails through the woods are going to be beautiful and a great place to walk your dog.  The clubhouse will be the perfect spot to meet up with everyone and play a game of pool or watch the game in the lounge area or at the bar.  There also will be a fitness center, outdoor pool with bar and grill area, and tennis/pickleball courts. 

Describe Tidewater Landing in three adjectives.

Serene

Private

Enchanting

If you had to pick a favorite floor plan, which one would it be and why? 

The Mayberry.  I love the layout of the living space and how the home kind of wraps around the courtyard.  The kitchen is a great size, especially when you do the counter height island. And the owners suite is an awesome layout.  I try not to do work from home but there is a flex room that gives me a quiet space to get some work done when needed.

How about the area – what are some of your favorite spots in Lewes? 

The location is one of the best parts about Tidewater.  You can get almost anywhere on back roads and very quickly.  Downtown Lewes is only 10 minutes away and has some of my favorite restaurants…Agave, Striper Bites, Touch of Italy, just to name a few.  And Kings Homemade Ice Cream must be had when walking around Lewes. 

You’ve been with Schell a long time and you own a Schell home, what is it about our homes and communities that stand out the most to you?

The attention to detail in a Schell home is really unbelievable, along with the innovation of the Schellter™ package that is included in every home.  Every home is built as if it was a home that Schell Brothers was going to live in.  There are also so many selections to choose from that you can really personalize the home to your style and not have to compromise.  The biggest thing I have noticed though after living in a Schell home is the comfort of the home.  It’s such a quiet home to live in.  You don’t hear cars going down the street or barking dogs.  The energy bills are a fraction of what I used to pay because of the energy efficiency of the home.  I can now set the thermostat at what is a comfortable temperature and not have to sacrifice my comfort in fear of the utility bills.  I’ve also gone winters now without getting that typical winter cold which I’m sure has something to do with the air quality in the home.

Final thoughts?

It’s a really exciting time to be looking for a home in the Lewes area.  There are some great communities out there and if you are looking for a quiet, wooded neighborhood with amenities and access to kayaking and fishing than you couldn’t have found a better community.  Tidewater Landing has brought the best features of all the other neighborhoods and consolidated them in one place.  It’s a beautiful place that I hope you can come visit!

For more on Tidewater Landing, simply click here.

And to speak with Josh or pay him a visit at Tidewater Landing:

(302) 841-5705

Robinsonville Road
Lewes, DE 19958

Increase in Delaware Transfer Tax Set for Aug. 1

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

We’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately about the State of Delaware’s recent announcement regarding the Transfer Tax Increase on August 1. The biggest question being, “But wait, what does that mean for me??”. The answer is simple, with a few key facts to consider:

  • The State of Delaware is increasing the transfer tax on August 1 from 3% to 4%.
  • Schell Brothers incurs half of that percentage, which means for your part, the increase will be from 1.5% to 2%.
  • All contracts ratified by July 31, 2017 will be assessed at the 3% transfer tax rate. Any contract ratified on or after August 1st, 2017 will be assessed at the new 4% rate.
  • So let’s break that down. On a $400,000 home, that’s an increase of $4,000 after Aug. 1, or for Schell buyers, an increase of $2,000 after Aug. 1.
  • Broken even further down, that means if you act now (before Aug. 1) you could save yourself $2,000 on a $400,000 home.
  • Imagine what you could do with that extra $2,000??
    • A well-deserved vacation after your move?
    • Treat yourself to a new set of furniture for your new home?
    • Put it towards selections on your dream home?
    • Save it for a rainy day?
    • The options are endless…

To save thousands of dollars before the month is up, visit our site or new home communities, talk to a member of our sales team, and act now!

 

 

Get to Know Showfield!

By Ali Baker, in Uncategorized

Curious about life at Showfield? One of our newest Lewes, Delaware communities has been generating a ton of buzz lately, so we decided to feature a Q&A with the expert, Community Sales Manager, Vicki Wilkins:

Marketing and sales talk aside, what do you think makes Showfield so unique? 

Definitely the amazing location. We’re located east of Route 1 (which is very desirable), just 1 mile from the beach, and adjacent to the Breakwater Trail. Plus we have those large lots that so many people have been asking for;)

The model, The Carnegie, is stunning! But tell us a little bit about some of the other floor plan options.

Well, we currently offer 16 floor plans – 13 of which are Schell Brothers and 3 that are Echelon.  We offer everything from 3 bedroom ranches to elaborate 7,000 sq.ft estate type homes.

If you had to pick a favorite floor plan, which one would it be and why? 

The Kingfisher!  It’s so versatile and expandable.  The floor plan starts at 2,566 sq.ft and can go up to 5,750 sq.ft, which makes it adaptable to a wide variety of family sizes and lifestyles.  It also has many of the features that folks look for, including a first floor owners suite, open loft, a beautiful wall of windows, and a tremendous amount of light.

Describe Showfield in three adjectives.

Amazing

Up-scale

Exquisite

We aren’t the only builder in Showfield, so ultimately the question becomes: why choose Schell?

There are many reasons of course, but a major differentiator is the fact that our process for buying out here is so simple: 

1. Select your lot

2. Select your home.

3. Sit back and let us build your dream home!

Other builders have a long, tedious building process involving construction loans, two settlements and an extensive amount of steps. We make the process seamless…and fun! 

So how about the area – what are some of your favorite spots in Lewes?

Two easy favorites are Cape Henlopen State Park (cant beat that drive on beach!) and the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.

And if you want to stay closer to home…favorite community amenity?

The former horse stalls/barns have been converted to open pool cabanas.  They look amazing while still being able to preserve and repurpose the original structures.

Now let’s talk trends. What’s the must-have selection for a new home?

Quartz countertops!

As a relative newcomer to the Coastal Delaware, I have to ask…life at the beach, is it everything you thought it would be?

I just moved here from upstate DE, so I definitely have a fresh and unique perspective.  Working and now living here has really opened up my eyes to the incredible quality of life – especially here on the east side of Route 1.  Watching people riding bikes or walking dogs on the Breakwater Trail, riding bikes to the beach or to the town of Lewes for a bite to eat or shopping, driving your jeep on the beach…it’s like resort living every day. The laid back lifestyle is endless and truly unique!

Final thoughts?

Showfield feels like home to me.  It was previously a horse stable (race horses) and horse shows were held here.  I grew up in a rural area of PA on a little over 3 acres and had horses.  My childhood memories are mainly of riding and showing horses.  My love for horses still goes on today!

Want to learn more? Contact Vicki at 302-228-2231, or better yet, stop in for a visit at our Carnegie model at Showfield:

18264 Show Jumper Lane
Lewes, DE 19958

Or learn more right from where you’re sitting by clicking here.

4th of July at the Delaware Beaches

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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For whatever reason, the summer season doesn’t seem to fully kick-in for us until the 4th of July. Perhaps it’s because the school year is far removed from our minds, maybe it’s the summer heat that spikes when the month of July hits, or it could be the nostalgic beauty of the anticipation of fireworks. Whatever the reason, we are in full Fourth of July mode here at Schell Brothers, which means we’ve got our eye on the lineup of 4th of July festivities in and around our area. From Lewes right on down Coastal Highway to Ocean City, there are plenty of chances to don your red, white and blue and celebrate.

Lewes 

The City of Lewes will continue its beloved traditions for the holiday, with old-fashioned games for the kids, the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade, and the Doo-Dah Parade. Games kick-off at 9am on Second Street, with fun for all ages. Following the games, the annual Boat Parade will wind its way down the Lewes-Rehoboth canal from the Roosevelt Inlet to Fisherman’s Wharf. Later in the afternoon, the festivities will continue with the Doo-Rah Parade, which will begin at 5pm on Kings Highway, traveling down Savannah Road and onto Second Street.

Rehoboth Beach 

Rehoboth Beach Main Street invites you to head downtown on Sunday, July 2 to watch the fireworks as they are launched from the beach. Live entertainment will be provided at the Bandstand before and after the fireworks show, which is scheduled to start at 9:15pm (*depending on weather, fireworks could be launched anytime after 8pm). Hint: Opt for the Jolly Trolley or the DART buses for easy transportation.

Dewey Beach

For a bayside performance of the fireworks on July 4th, head to Dewey Beach where fireworks will be set off from a barge in the bay. The patriotic display will be visible from all of the bars and restaurants along the bayside in Dewey so grab a key spot early and enjoy the show (around 9pm).

Bethany Beach

In Bethany Beach, the festivities will span across the entire day, with 4th of July in downtown Bethany. The parade starts at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway. At 7:30, gather at the Bandstand for Love Seed Mama Jump before enjoying the fireworks at dusk!

Ocean City

Just over the state line, Ocean City knows how to throw down when it comes to July 4th celebrations. The town hosts two fireworks displays, with Seacrets throwing their hat into the ring as well. Watching the fireworks from the iconic Ocean City boardwalk is well worth braving the traffic through town, but the fireworks at the north end of town at Northside Park are just as spectacular. Both begin at 9:30pm with live entertainment beforehand. Fireworks also start at 9:30pm at Seacrets – must be 21 to attend.

 

 

Purposefully Different: Not Your Ordinary Basement

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

Whether you’re building at the beach or securing a homesite in one of our new home communities in Richmond, many of our homesites feature basement living, specially designed for your needs and your modern lifestyle. A basement is an ideal place to get away, kick your feet up, and treat yourself to some hard-earned rest and relaxation. Offering a variety of uses for those of you expanding as the little ones grow, or downsizing as the big kids head off to college, these aren’t your ordinary basements…

Designed With You in Mind

You’ll love that your space is tailored to your evolving lifestyle. Whether you’re craving additional space for the kids, interested in a place for entertaining, or in need of extra room for out-of-town guests, our basements offer the personalization you need. Retiring? A basement is perfect for storing as you downsize, or for finally creating that bonus room you’ve been dreaming up on Pinterest for the past few years. Take a look at a few of the ways the team at Echelon Interiors has dressed up the basements in our model homes. Pool table, shuffleboard, game area, bar…the options are endless!

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Basement Living

There are countless options for making the most of your finished basement, which is why so many of our homeowners scramble for homesites that accommodate basements. Place for the kids or grandkids to hang out? Check! Man cave? You betcha! Entertainment space for game night? Of course! Open bar for hosting your own happy hours? Absolutely! Picture your current home and ask yourself what you would do with some additional space. Now, imagine that you can have it all with the simple choice to opt for basements.

For more on our floor plans: click here!

Investing in a Second Home for Retirement

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

 

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So you’ve been eyeing up that coveted beach home for several years now, but you’re still not convinced it’s the right time. Or, you’ve given retirement some thought, but don’t feel like you’re ready to take the plunge for another 5-10 years. You want to plan ahead, but you’re also trying to focus on the here and now. Sound familiar? Buying a second home for retirement provides you with the flexibility that you’re looking for now, while securing the foundation for your retirement future.

Scoring a Second Home for Family Vacations

If you’re like many of the visitors to the Delaware beaches each year, you’ve probably entertained the idea of owning a beach home that you and your family can enjoy each summer (or during those beautiful and notably quieter weekends during the off-season). Whether you’ve been vacationing in Bethany, Rehoboth, Lewes, or Fenwick Island for years, or have just recently discovered Coastal Delaware, a second home at the beach could provide your family with some pretty incredible memories for years to come, all while positioning yourself for your future retirement nest.

Testing the Waters

We often hear people debating whether they want to head south for retirement in sunny Florida, or capture the perks of beach living while still being close to family and friends in the northeast. Buying a second home now is a good way to test the waters on whether or not you want to retire in Delaware down the line. *spoiler alert: you will;)

Rental Property Income

Investing in a retirement property early on could also mean just that: an investment. It’s no secret the Delaware beaches are a hot spot during the summer months, which means you also have the option to rent out your beach getaway until you’re ready to be there full-time.

Benefits of Buying at the Delaware Beaches

So…why DE? With low property taxes, no sales tax and a low cost of living, the financial benefits are a major perk for choosing the first state for both retirement and beach living. To boot, there’s an endless array of outdoor adventures and local attractions to revel in, along with shopping, dining, and miles of pristine beaches.

 

Interested in learning more about your options for new home communities at the Delaware beaches? Chat with Sara, our online community consultant at (302) 745-9614 or find your perfect fit by clicking here.

 

 

Sized Perfectly: Introducing the Coastal Cottage Series

By Ali Baker, in Bayside

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A home is so much more than four square walls, which is why we offer numerous floor plan options, each with high-end finishes and innovative spaces adapted perfectly for the way you live. “Your home just feels better” is something we hear often from people visiting our model homes, and it’s that exact sentiment that we strive for with each new floor plan we offer, including the Coastal Cottage Series. 

Experience the Difference

At Schell Brothers, we’re always innovating, priding ourselves in building homes that showcase both superior craftsmanship and design. Our floor plans are born from customer feedback and extensive research, all in an effort to pinpoint what homeowners really need from a new home, not what traditional designs dictate. In place of formal dining rooms and living rooms, you’ll find open floor plans that cater to the realities of your modern lifestyle. Whether you’re housing a growing family, looking to downsize to a slightly smaller home, or on the hunt for the perfect home-away-from-home at the beach, there’s a floor plan sized perfectly for you, and it just might be one of the new single-family homes in our Coastal Cottage Series

What You’ll Love

The homes in the Coastal Cottage Series boast all of the innovative features of a typical Schell home: picture windows maximizing natural lighting, informal living spaces that overlook the first-floor great room, courtyards that are both quaint and accessible…all designed with you in mind! Oversized nooks, large pantries, mudrooms, flex rooms…yep, it’s all still there! Take a look at a few of the floor plans:

The Jasmine Coastal Cottage Series Coastal Cottage Series

 

The Lilac

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The Orchid

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The Jasmine, The Lilac,  and The Orchid are currently available The Peninsula. The Jasmine and The Lilac are currently available at Bayside.

Build New at the Beach

Our new single-family homes are sized perfectly for the homebuyer interested in low maintenance living in a coastal community that’s full of social activities. We are currently offering a few floor plans in the Coastal Cottage Series at Bayside and The Peninsula, with more to come at Truitt Homestead, the only 55+ community in Rehoboth Beach, designed perfectly for the homebuyer looking for low-maintenance living paired with built-in options for the future. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

For more on our new home communities, click here OR contact Sara, our online community consultant, at (302) 745-9614

Planning for Your Retirement Dream Home

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

Pre-planning

As difficult as it can be to think too far into the future about your big retirement move (or to even begin to think about the daunting task of packing!), the reality is pre-planning is the first, and perhaps the most important, step on the path to your retirement dream home. Like all good plans, the first step involves thorough research. From geography to financing to proximity to quality healthcare, there’s a lot of consider before making any major decisions.

Asking yourself what matters most

Is it being close to family? Having warm weather year-round? Maintaining your active social life? Escaping the big city life? These are just a few considerations to keep in mind before making any major decisions on your next big move. The lure of year-round sunshine and warm weather in Florida or Arizona may lose its luster once you realize how difficult it is to see your children and grandchildren as frequently as you would like. You may think you want seclusion and privacy, but at the end of the day, a community with a vibrant social scene might actually be the perfect fit for you. Make a list of your ‘must-haves’ and ‘can’t live withouts’, followed by a list of the items you are willing to sacrifice when push comes to shove. What’s your budget? Is it important to be near a major hospital? How far do you want to be from your kids? Prioritize what matters and find a region and a community that coincides with those priorities.

Exploring ALL of your options

You may think you know exactly where you want to retire, but have you considered all of your options? We often hear from homeowners that they weren’t intimately familiar with Delaware at the start of their home search, but after doing their research on the retirement-friendly state, they soon found it was the perfect fit. Beyond geography, it’s also important to weigh the pros and cons of specific communities. Is it important to have a pool, fitness center, or clubhouse in your community? Would you prefer age-restricted? How about an on-site activities coordinator with a full social calendar? Picture your ideal lifestyle and find a community that pairs perfectly with that vision.

Tomorrow could be today

We all get caught up in the “I’ll think about it later” mentality; after all, there’s always tomorrow right? The downside to waiting too long is missing out on the incredible array of activities that await you in your new community. Acting now could mean getting one step closer to low maintenance living and a vibrant social scene. Not ready to fully commit? How about purchasing a second home to enjoy seasonally with family and friends before making a bigger move? A second home also allows you to get the feel for the area before living there full-time (plus the added benefit of a second home at the beach!).

Whether you are ready to downsize and retire tomorrow, considering a second home for your retirement future, or in the very (very!) early stages of retirement planning, weighing your options for the future and planning accordingly will have a lasting impact. Your dream retirement home is out there, take the first steps now in planning for your retirement dream home!

For more on the retiring in Delaware: http://schellbrothers.com/find-new-homes/delaware-beaches/retire-in-delaware/

And for more on our new home communities in Delaware: http://schellbrothers.com/find-new-homes/delaware-beaches/

Or speak with someone directly! Find your perfect fit by speaking with Sara, our online sales consultant at (302) 745-9614.

 

Planning for Your Outdoor Living Space

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

Now that spring has officially arrived, bringing warm weather and sunshine in tow, it’s natural to gravitate towards the outdoors to soak up the sun and enjoy all of those vibrant pops of color from the blue skies and spring flowers. It’s also the perfect time to revel in your outdoor living space. And if you don’t have an outdoor oasis of your own, now is also the time to take action!

Designed for the Way You Live

We like to operate under the notion that the living space in your home doesn’t have to be restricted by four walls. In fact, you can blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living with a courtyard that embodies all of the features of your home that you love. Whether you envision a space for entertaining family and friends, or a place for to kick back and relax, your outdoor oasis should embody the aesthetics, functionality and flow of your new dream home.

Visualizing Your Dream Space

Start by asking yourself how much time you currently spend outdoors. If you don’t have a courtyard, porch, or back deck, do you think you would spend more time outside if you had one in your new home? If you do have an outdoor living space, make a list of what you love about it, along with a list of what you would change about it. Is it big enough? Too big? Do you wish you had a fireplace? Would you entertain more if you had an outdoor kitchen? Visualize your dream space and know that it can happen!

Expand Your Interior Horizons

We believe that a home is more than just the space within its walls.  Think multi-level courtyards with outdoor kitchens, stone fireplaces, water fountains, irrigated planters and other features that allow you to bring the outdoors in:

Explore Your Options

At the end of the day, your outdoor oasis should be tailored to your tastes. Visit our model homes this spring and take note of courtyard spaces that you love. Explore our website and Facebook page for photos. And for more on our Courtyard Series, click here. OR for information on our partners at Creative Courtyards: here.

 

Delaware Healthcare: What’s Available Near Your New Home

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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For the out-of-towner new to our area and thinking about buying a permanent or secondary home in Delaware, one of the first things you’ll consider is how close you’ll be to quality Delaware healthcare facilities. While the beach itself has innumerable healing qualities, we all want to know that our health needs will be attended to by the best of the best. The good news is, in addition to being within driving distance of some of the best hospitals on the East Coast, Delaware healthcare has bragging rights to its own award-winning hospitals.

What’s Nearby

If you are in Southern Delaware, your immediate option will be Beebee Healthcare. Located in Lewes and near Rehoboth, Beebe offers a wide array of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic surgeries. For those of you looking to settle further north (or if you don’t find your needs met at Beebe), Northern Delaware is home to the nationally-acclaimed Christiana Hospital. Located in Wilmington, Christiana Care Health System is one of the country’s largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions.

What’s Offered

Christiana is Delaware’s only Level I Trauma Center. It’s is also a major teaching hospital, with two campuses and more than 250 medical-dental residents. In addition, the campus includes the Center for Heart and Vascular Health and the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

In addition to offering inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and diagnostic services, Beebe also operates the Beebe Health Campus on Route 24, Georgetown Health Campus, and Millville, Millsboro, and Milton satellite centers, which offer satellite imaging, physical rehabilitation, and lab services, including walk-in care centers. In addition, Beebe offers Beebe HealthyBack, Ornish Reversal Program and Cardiac Rehab, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine and Diabetes Management & Medical Nutrition Therapy, Gull House Adult Activities Center, Beebe Home Care Services, the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, and more throughout Sussex County.

Awards and Accolades

Next to first-hand experience and word-of-mouth, one of the best measurements of quality healthcare are found in the awards and recognition received over the years, which both Beebe and Christiana have secured in a variety of areas.

     Beebe:

  • Named America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Intervention
  • Received eight Healthgrades Five-Star ratings in clinical areas: Total Knee Replacement – 14 years in a row; Spinal Fusion Surgery – 8 years in a row; Total Hip Replacement – 2017; five-star designations in Stroke, Pneumonia, Sepsis, and Respiratory Failure.
  • Beebe Healthcare received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Joint Replacement – Hip, Joint Replacement – Knee, and Spine Surgery.
  • Beebe has been NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) since 2011.
  • Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer center is accredited by both the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

      Christiana:

  • The US News & World Report places Christiana Care’s Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery among the top 50 listings in 2 specialties – Gastroenterology and Urology.
  • Christiana Care’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health has been awarded the highest national ranking—three stars—from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
  • Christiana Care Health System achieved Magnet®recognition for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Christiana Care Health System’s Surgical Critical Care Complex (SCCC) earned a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

To learn more about Beebe Healthcare: https://www.beebehealthcare.org/

To learn more about Christiana Care Health System: https://christianacare.org/

 

Tips for Downsizing and Moving to a New Area

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

With the kids moving out, it’s natural to start thinking about leaving a house that is too big for you or requires too much maintenance. Perhaps you’re not ready to make the leap to condo or apartment living. Or you know that you want a home that’s not quite as big as what you have now, but that can still accommodate the kids and grandkids when they visit. You’ve also found yourself wishing you had more social activities nearby, or conversely, worrying that moving to a new area will disrupt the social life you’ve built in your hometown. The truth is, downsizing your home and moving to a new area can raise a lot of questions and concerns, but with the right planning, the outcome can surpass your new home dreams.

Weighing the Benefits of One-Story Living

For many, the thought of downsizing from your current, multi-level family home to a one-story rancher might seem impossible, but we have found that many of our homeowners quickly embrace the functionality and flow of our open, ranch floor plans. That separate dining room you thought you needed? Not so much. The formal sitting room at the front of the house? It was really a repository for collecting miscellaneous items and dust. On the contrary, downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing space, in fact, reallocating space to give way to functionality means open floor plans that flow effortlessly from room to room, with options for tech nooks, bonus rooms, and even basements, to fit perfectly to your modern lifestyle.

Joining a Community

If you’ve been living the country life for the past few years, or if you’re a city-dweller and are used to being close to social activities, buying in a planned community could be the perfect fit for you. Our communities pack some serious punch with their extensive list of amenities, from state-of-the-art clubhouses that serve as the social hub of the community, to full social calendars, to golf courses, tennis/pickleball courts, hiking trails, dog parks, indoor/outdoor pools, and dining. An amenity-rich community means neighbors that quickly become friends and a full social calendar all year long.

Picking the Perfect Location

If you’re considering packing up and moving to a new state, Delaware has it all. If you’re thinking, ‘what is there to possibly do in Delaware,’ we feel you, it’s a small state that is relatively off the map, but the truth is, our small state is chocked full of adventures and activities. Activities aside, the real draw is the tax benefits. With property taxes among the lowest in the nation, imagine what you can do with those savings! Travel more, invest more freely in your hobbies (or finally try that new hobby you’ve been eyeing up), or spoil your grandkids to no end.

 

Selling your home to downsize and move to a new area can be overwhelming, but envisioning the active, stress-free life that awaits you makes it much more manageable. Find a new floor plan that doesn’t make you feel like you’ve sacrificed your lifestyle, join a community that aligns with your active social life, and select a location that hits all the items on your checklist.

The Peninsula Clubhouse Grand Opening

By Ali Baker, in Uncategorized

In case you missed it, The Peninsula homeowners welcomed a new addition at the end of 2016, the brand new Peninsula clubhouse!

The stunning architectural beauty has been the belle of the ball so to speak for the past few months, as homeowners, prospects and employees have admired the progress of the state-of-the-art 33,000 square-foot clubhouse. Now that the Peninsula clubhouse is officially complete, it’s fitting to throw a grand opening celebration and personalized tour of the community’s focal point.

So what makes this clubhouse so special (and celebration-worthy)? For starters, the clubhouse features an awe-inspiring architectural design that embodies the gracious character of The Peninsula. If you’ve ever driven through The Peninsula, the first words out of your mouth were probably, ‘wow.’ We tout The Peninsula as one-of-a-kind because it truly is one-of-a-kind. The clubhouse was designed to tie closely to that one-of-a-kind, first-class Peninsula lifestyle while providing a welcoming place for friends and family to gather. The interior space features a wine room, fine dining, banquet space, wood burning pizza oven, billiard room, locker rooms, premier golf shop, and interactive HD golf simulator. Plus, let’s not forget the veranda, which wraps around the back of the building, providing residents with an alfresco seating area with a fireplace and views of both the golf course and the Indian River Bay. In addition, the event lawn will accommodate large parties of up to 800 people. ‘Wow’ indeed!

Interested in a tour? You’re in luck because the Clubhouse Grand Opening is this Saturday, February 18, 11am-3pm. But until then, here’s a few teaser shots for your enjoyment:

Peninsula clubhouse
Peninsula clubhouse
Peninsula clubhouse
Peninsula clubhouse
Peninsula clubhouse

Peninsula clubhouse

Peninsula clubhouse

Peninsula clubhouse

Peninsula clubhouse